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My Cycling Class Today: One Rider’s First Experience Riding with Power Completely Changed Her Perspective

When you teach riders who are new to power consoles about riding with metrics and power, it will surely benefit their fitness journey. But when they experience an educational moment firsthand, it is particularly powerful and will stay with them forever.

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Stop the Glorification of Workouts That Almost Kill People!

“I sure hope my cycling class today is EFFECTIVE!”…said no participant, ever. Time to ask yourself this question: how effective are your classes?

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Managers Wondered Why I Always Had a Full Cycle Class…and Others Didn’t

Last week one of the club managers came to take my class to do some reconnaissance in order to figure out my secret for filling my classes. Here are 15 things I do for every class that few of the other instructors do—these are likely the reasons why I have a waiting list and they don’t.

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How to Educate Your Riders, Part 4: Using Storytelling and Non-Cycling Examples

Continuing our series on Educating Your Students, Christine gives some suggestions about how to use non-cycling examples to help students understand cycling technique and what they should be feeling while pedaling. She does this primarily through storytelling in her profiles, although that’s not a prerequisite of the method. Christine is an expert at this technique and has been extremely successful educating her students.

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My Cycling Class Today: Finding Light from Your Blind Spot

One of my students told me he thought another rider’s seat was too low. He was right. As a bonus, the correct setup helped her increase her wattage. On one hand, I wondered how I missed this; on the other, I was so grateful he felt comfortable enough to tell me. Here are a few of my reflections on this incident.

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How to Educate Your Riders, Part 3: How to Teach Without Being “Teachy”

Indoor cycling instructors have to wear different hats at different times. How many hats do you have in your skills closet? And do you know the right time to wear each one? Here are some best practices to employ when trying to educate your students, and links to five additional articles on how to teach your students outside of class time.

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Educating Your Students, Part 2: Using Humor, Metaphors, and Analogies

Everyone had a class with a fun and wacky science teacher in high school, right? I’m not advocating that we start developing quirks or acting wacky in our indoor cycling classes, but the point is, making education fun using humor and wit is a great way to learn AND and a fun way to teach. Hopefully our dating, bagels, poultry, and pasta analogies will spark some ideas to create some of your own wacky ways to explain something on the bike.

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“Break Glass in Case of Emergency”: How to Manage Defiant Students

You know those red boxes where you break the glass to throw the emergency alarm? You need one of those in your instructor toolbox. The reason you need one is the defiant student.

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Should Indoor Cycling Instructors Educate Our Riders? Part 1

At first I was confused by this question. As indoor cycling instructors, why would we not educate our riders? As a rider, why would I not want to know more about how a class, drill, or movement was going to impact me? It seems silly. There are times when we need to educate a rider to help them make corrections in their form. Education can also provide great motivation to try or persist, knowing the ultimate short- and long-term benefits.

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How to Handle a Difficult Student

Sometimes students are just plain difficult. They don’t want to listen. They might even set up a power struggle with you in class. Would a mental checklist help you in these situations?

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